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Macaroni and many cheeses

This is Week #19 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

Ok, so I haven't had the best week in the world. Everything seems to have exploded at once. Why does that always seem to happen? By Saturday of this past week, I just wanted comfort, and preferably in the form of food. I was pleased to see that this comforting macaroni & cheese recipe was next on the list for my challenge! That could not have worked out more perfectly. I prepared it while my boys napped and then served it to them for dinner (they both loved it!) and, after they were in bed for the night, I went downstairs and scooped myself a huge bowl full of the comforting cheesiness. I sat in my little spot on the couch as I devoured its splendor and sipped wine and flipped through cookbooks. I suddenly forgot about the insanity in my world for a bit, and just enjoyed my comforting down-time.

Preheat your broiler. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook 2 cups of elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain well.

Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat.

Whisk in 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour until a paste forms.

Gradually whisk in 3 cups of milk until smooth.

Bring the sauce to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking, until thickenend.

Off the heat, stir in:

2 cups mixed shredded semihard cheeses (Mimolette, aged Gouda, Vella dry Jack)

Salt and pepper

Stir until melted.

Stir the macaroni into the the cheese sauce and transfer to a 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish.

Sprinkle 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top.

And broil 4 inches from the heat source for 4 minutes, or until richly browned. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Thanks for being there when I needed you, mac & cheese.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (17)

Doth my eyes deceive me? is this a mac & cheese recipe w/out addins and bread crumbs? I like all mac and cheese but I've yet to encounter a recipe without all the extra. i'm excited. I have a couple people asking about mac & cheese recipes, so I think I'll have to try this tonight so that I can start handing it out to friends.

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApron Appeal

I just love macaroni and cheese. It has such a soft spot in my heart because of the memories it brings back for me as a child. I always liked the touch of the crunchy top. Yours looks fantastic!

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

Oh my my that looks deliciously decadant. Yep. This one's going to rattle in my brain until I make it, I just know it. :) Thanks for the post!

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate from Scratch

Oh yes - thanks for being there indeed Mac and Cheese. Can you be there for me too?! Please?

Who can ever say no to mac and cheese? Especially one such as this?

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

This definitely looks like one big bowl of comfort to me!

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

This looks beautiful! I love a classic mac and cheese dish. Yum!

...that's the hottest mac n' cheese I've ever seen. There is no want. There is only need! Well frapping done! Bookmarked :)

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Your food photography is amazing!

05.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Rimkus

I'm sorry you had a bad week, but I am certain this delicious comfort food made up for it! I love mac and cheese... especially the crumbly topping!

05.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Not something I can indulge in with the butter and cream- but it sure looks amazingly appetizing :)

05.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPriya Mahadevan

Sorry about your rough week...melty cheese always makes me feel much better too :)

05.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

I have a sudden need to make this looks wonderful. Excellent feel better food. :)

05.13.2011 | Unregistered Commenterbriarrose

I want some of right now!! Looks so yummy good!

05.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

Oh my, mac & cheese this late at night? what did I do wrong to be punished like this. Looks amazing.

05.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxana GreenGirl

Many cheese = the BEST kind of mac & cheese :D

05.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I love this :) so comforting and yummy!

05.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFirefly

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